We are finally moved in to our new house! Well technically we moved in 3 weeks ago, but I finally had a chance to move all my photography props and lights into our make shift studio. The natural lighting here is so amazing and I am excited to start working on recipes. We have so much more room here. At our last place (while we loved it) everything just felt so cramped and there was not much kitchen space. I am just so inspired here in the new space! Now lets talk about these pimento cheese burgers!
These burgers are the first recipe I photographed here! Perfectly soft onion rolls with a medium rare steak burger topped with melted cheddar and pimento cheese. The perfect side for me were these garlic sweet potato fries! We served ours with lots of dill pickles, fresh tomatoes, lettuce and crispy bacon.
After uploading these pictures I am absolutely craving another bite. We just bought a hot sauce called “the sauce”. It is so peppery and tart! I would love to tell you we did not go through a whole bottle in 2 weeks, but… we did. I highly recommend a side of hot sauce for these garlic fries.
Okay. That’s it. I am convinced that beef short rib meat is the only meat I will ever need. forever. Something about it just always results in the most tender juicy bites. Even though we have a constant rotation of beans, beef, chicken, various sea foods, and pork I always end up back at beef short ribs. We use them in every kind of recipe. So it shouldn’t surprise you that short rib chili is up next!
I’ve always grown up eating ground beef chili or turkey chili. When I met Patrick he never liked any ground meats in my recipes. So I would start butchering my own cuts of meat tailored to the recipe. This short rib chili was made in the instapot. It is packed with flavor and ready in 30 minutes. You can definitely skip the meat in this version and have a vegetarian chili. I promise it would be just as good. This whole recipe really comes down to one very special ingredient.
Rodelle organic cocoa powder. I’ve been putting cocoa in my chili for years, but something about the Rodelle cocoa really takes it over the edge. It is such a dark pure powder that pairs perfect with the chili spices. You can’t taste cocoa at all. It just gives the flavors so much more depth.
This is the kind of meal I want in cold weather after a long day at work. It is so warm and filling. Perfect with a generous sprinkle of sharp cheddar.
My favorite foods always incorporate some sort of fusion. We love foods from all cultures and sometimes we are torn between multiple dinner ideas. The easiest way to compromise is to fuse the two!
PS. my mom gave us an insta pot for Christmas and we have used it almost every single day since. I seriously cannot recommend the insta pot enough. It makes life so easy during the week. You can make a full meal in 20 minutes. Mind blown.
The filling is delicious enough to stand alone. So if you wanted to make this even lower carb you can use a lettuce wrap instead. We used low carb mission tortilla wraps and went very light handed on the rice.
A layer of sesame ginger rice, teriyaki chicken, cheese, pico, sour cream, and hot sauce. Plus lots and lots of fresh lime juice. I will probably need to make these again this week after writing this. All my favorite flavors wrapped up together. Not sure what else I can ask for in a dinner!
Sesame ginger rice, teriyaki chicken, cheese, sour cream and hot sauce!
1 pound chicken thighs
½ cup of teriyaki sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
1 cup chopped onions
2 cups of cooked basmati rice
1 tsp of dried ginger
1 tsp of black sesame seeds or toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp of butter
pico de gallo (chopped tomato, white onion, jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice)
low carb tortillas
In a roasting pan lay out the chicken thighs and season with brown sugar, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Cover with onions and pineapple then drizzle teriyaki on top. Bake for 30 minutes, cool and shred.
If making in an instant pot- use saute feature to brown the chicken and onions, switch to the stew/meat button. Season with salt pepper, cayenne, garlic, brown sugar, pineapple, and teriyaki. Cook for 15 minutes.
Mix basmati rice with melted butter, ginger, and sesame seeds. Season with salt and pepper.
Fill tortilla with rice, chicken, cheese, sour cream, and pico.
Squeeze lots of lime over the top
Serve with hot sauce
Are you ready to run out and make these? I promise you will not regret it! One of our favorite new go to meals during the week. So fast, easy, and delish!
2018 is here! I can’t believe how fast the holidays flew by for us! I know everyone usually says “new year. new you”, but this year I have a wedding to get ready for! My game plan is a better healthier version of myself. We already cleaned up all the holiday decorations and removed a lot of the holiday sweets from the house.
Now I am not a big snack person, but I think that is what has been holding me back. So instead of my usual one medium meal and one big meal a day I am going to have tiny meals throughout the day. I have also decided to give up diet coke Sunday-Friday. If I do well during the week I’m going to allow myself to have it on Saturdays because it really is my all time favorite treat.
One of my favorite foods in the world are burritos. Breakfast, lunch or dinner there is a burrito for every time of the day. Obviously burritos are not going to help me on my health journey so I had to think outside of the tortilla. Burrito bowls are my go to at places like Chipotle, but I wanted to make it a little bit healthier.
You can definitely switch out the ingredients that I used to make it even lower in calories. The most important ingredient for me is the homemade pico de gallo. I could eat this on literally anything. Yesterday I had some red pepper hummus and celery, but I topped each bite with pico because I am obsessed!
We are all about some turkey in our house. I love trying different cooking methods in search of the perfect juicy bird. For those of you that do not want to go the traditional route this year I definitely recommend trying a beef roast. It is even easier to prep than a turkey and it is absolutely delicious with all the traditional Thanksgiving sides.
The chimichurri is so fresh! I love drizzling it over the roast and veggies. Honestly we like dipping super soft rolls into our sauce too! I like a super thick crust on my roast. You do not have to char your meat as much as I did, but I promise it was fantastic! I just love the difference in textures between a crunchy seasoned crust and super juicy buttery meat.
Smoked Gouda mashed potatoes are totally optional, but a big must in our house! The meat is so perfect by itself you could just roast off whatever veggies you have and serve.
My all time favorite sandwiches consist of prime rib or roast beef. Layers of beef with a horseradish mayo, fresh lettuce, tomato, and peppers with some sort of melty cheese. I blame my dad. To this day he lives to find hole in the wall restaurants with incredible prime rib sandwiches.
Flavorful crusted beef roast with fresh chimichurri.
For the beef-
One beef roast or prime rib round 8 pounds (more or less based on your serving needs)
5 garlic cloves smashed
2 tsp of sea salt or kosher salt
2 tsp fresh cracked pepper
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of dried oregano
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp of crushed red pepper
2 tbsp of butter, melted
1 cup of water
¼ cup of soy sauce
⅛ cup of Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp olive oil
For the chimichurri:
1 cup of chopped fresh parsley
½ cup of chopped fresh basil
1 garlic clove
¼ cup of olive oil
2 tbsp of red wine vinegar
juice from one large lemon
salt and pepper
1 tsp of honey
Use a fork to poke holes all over the beef roast
In a large bowl mix together the water, Worcestershire, soy sauce, red pepper, garlic, sugar
Add the beef and marinade in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes
Dry the beef with paper towels and sprinkled liberally with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
In a large pan add a little olive oil and on medium high heat sear the meat on each side
Move to a roasting pan and drizzle with a little more olive oil
Roast for 30 minutes then check the internal temp
(I just leave the thermometer in and cook until 120 degrees)
Drizzle a little melted butter over the top and add a little more salt and pepper (just a pinch)
Cook until 130 degrees for medium rare
Let rest for at least 15 minutes this will bring the temp to around 135-140
For the chimichurri:
In a food processor combined all the ingredients and pulse until smooth
Add more olive oil if you want a more liquid consistency
Season with the salt and pepper to your taste
This roast is so juicy and packed full of flavor! You can even slice up the leftovers (if you have any!) for roast beef sandwiches! Just imagine a little of that roast on a soft fluffy roll with the chimichurri… yuuuum.
Don’t forget to tag me @kelliericecakes if you try this recipe out!!!! Happy eating! 🙂
This Jerk Chicken is a game changer! I actually had a dessert planned to go up today, but we have made this multiple times in the past two weeks! With the holidays right around the corner I knew you guys needed this recipe… TODAY!
I love this dinner for multiple reasons. One- there is hardly any prep work. Everything is thrown into the oven and you can forget about it until they are done! Two- it is super cheap! Depending where you buy your chicken you can make this whole meal for $10-$15! Three- the flavors are out of this world!
This recipe is based off a recipe from my new favorite YouTube channel, Sortedfood. It is a channel about 3 friends that learn new cooking techniques from their 2 chef friends. I cannot stop watching! They are so creative and they mix flavor combos that you just can’t find anywhere else! When I saw their version of jerk chicken I knew I had to make it immediately. As in I finished the episode and scavenged my kitchen in search of ingredients. I didn’t follow their recipe exactly, but I did follow their chicken butchering skills!
The most important part of the dish is making sure you spatchcock the chicken (aka take out the backbone). This allows you to really get the marinade into each part of the chicken. I have never had such juicy meat before and we tried this technique with a few different sizes of chicken.
I love this marinade because you get so many levels of flavor. The heat from the cayenne, the freshness from the herbs, and the bitterness from the lime zest all come together for the perfect balance.
Hot Pot is one of those things that I think you either love or you hate. Most restaurants will have individual burners or share burners filled with savory broth. You cook a selection of meats and vegetables in your own simmering broth. Our favorite place also has a sauce bar. All you can eat chili oil? Sign me up! I did not go traditional today. I took all my favorite things from Hot Pot and made it a much easier clean up.
We had a new market open near us and I am almost embarrassed to tell you how many times we have been in the past 2 weeks. I say almost embarrassed because then I remember all the different kinds of dumplings and pork buns we have tried. Patrick is borderline obsessed with a little Ramen restaurant in the food court. Which is how this recipe came about this weekend. It has been threatening to snow flurry all weekend and every part of me wanted a rich beef soup. Not just any beef soup though. A hot pot style soup. Something with a rich broth and tons of goodies.
Most of these ingredients you can find right in your local grocery store. We purchased ours at a new local Asian market. If you have one close by definitely check it out! The herbs and vegetables are usually a fraction of the cost compared to local grocery stores. The selection is out of this world, and you can usually find really good deals on butchered meats.
I used pre-cubed rib eye. You can use any kind of beef you would like. Sliced brisket, stew meat, skirt steak sliced against the grain… anything works as long as you brown/sear the meat first.
Now lets talk about your heat tolerance. Mine is high- as in I tap out when fire comes out of my ears. Patrick’s kids usually can handle fairly spicy, but I think this recipe would terrify them. So I am going to give you some options to make this family friendly.
If you are going to an Asian market you can pick up a hot pot starter. These are also available online or you could definitely make it yourself.
When searching for your hot pot base definitely take into account your heat preference. If you are more of a mild to medium spicy I would completely stay away from anything with Szechuan Peppercorns. I don’t think they are necessarily spicy, but sometimes you can get a bite that will unexpectedly numb your entire mouth. In theory I believe they are used to allow you to taste all the flavors in the hot pot, but if this is your first time making a recipe like this I would just skip them.
To build the base you will start by browning/ searing your meat. This is going to help tenderize the meat as well as build a lot of great flavor. Removed the meat then add in your broth and spices. Bring the broth to a rolling boil then drop down to barely a simmer before adding the meat back into the pot. Do not skip this step because it is going to give you super juicy bites of tender meat instead of chewy bites.
You can literally add anything to this soup. Some of my favorites are- mushrooms, cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, onion, egg, soup dumplings, noodles. Today we are using pork soup dumplings, shiitake mushrooms, garlic, Chinese noodles, and lots of fresh basil.
You can use any kind of dumplings you prefer, but I like the tiny bite size square dumplings. You can also have a dumpling sauce on the side for dipping. Yum!
Spicy broth simmered with rib-eye, garlic, and mushrooms. Poured over basil, dumplings and Chinese noodles.
6 cups of beef stock
½ pound of cubed or sliced steak
1 tsp of canola oil
2 tbsp of chopped garlic
1 cup of fresh herbs
1 cup of mushrooms
4 oz or 2 servings of dried pasta such as Chinese noodles, ramen, or spaghetti
2 cups of dumplings
¼ cup of hot pot base (Little Sheep is a good brand and I believe they sell it at Walmart)
If you want to make your own starter-
¼ cup of canola oil
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp of soy bean paste
1 tsp of cayenne or white pepper (depending on your heat level)
1 tsp of garlic
1 tsp of crushed red chili (optional)
1 tsp of whole cloves (optional)
In a large soup pot heat 1 tsp of canola oil over medium heat
Add in your meat careful not to crowd
Brown/ sear your meat and set to the side
Add in the chopped garlic and mushrooms
Lower the heat and pour hot pot base over the top
Add in the broth
Bring to a boil
Lower to barely a simmer (too hot will toughen your meat)
Add the meat back in and simmer for 30-40 minutes
minutes before serving add your noodles
minutes before serving add in your dumplings
Garnish with fresh herbs ( I love basil, but cilantro works too)
Serve with a dumpling sauce and sriracha
Or even a crusty hunk of bread
My Italian roots poked out a little here and I served mine with a load of crusty sourdough bread. Now before you judge my carbs on carbs on carbs just try a piece of warm bread dipped in this broth. It is so delicious!
**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RAGÚ®Pasta Sauce.All opinions are entirely my own.
I am all about fresh ingredients. I often talk about places I love to shop. The biggest factor in keeping me as a customer is consistent, quality ingredients. Thankfully I have a Publix right around the corner so it is easy for me to run and grab what I need.
One of the biggest reasons I blog is because I am always in the kitchen creating! As my recipe starts to come together, I always think of ingredients that would just take the food over the top! There are often times when I will go to the grocery store multiple times in a day. It is important that I have a place I can count on.
If you are a frequent Publix shopper, you already know they usually run a great buy one, get one special. Publix is running a BOGO on RAGÚ® Pasta Sauce NOW through Wednesday, October 11th.
This is the PERFECT time to stock up. RAGÚ has so many different sauces to choose from, and they could be a great base for any meal.
Now that it is officially fall, I am all about good, warm comforting food! Creamy, cheesy, chicken just keeps popping into my head. I was thinking about creating a soup, but it is still fairly warm here in Georgia. When I was making my list of ingredients, Patrick asked if I was making a pot pie. Umm now I am!
I used the RAGÚ Family Size Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce as the base for my Cheesy Chicken Pot Pies. This sauce is usually known for Chicken Alfredo, but since it is already packed with real cream and fresh cheese, it is also perfect for an easy pot pie! All that Parmesan and Romano cheese in this sauce is right up my alley! I used the family size, but you can also reduce the recipe and use the 16 oz. if you are serving less people.
You can make a giant pot pie for the family, but I love making individual pies. A really satisfying creamy base packed with vegetables topped with a crispy pie crust. Is it dinner time yet?
1 Jar of RAGÚ Family Size Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce 21.5 oz
4 Cups of chicken stock
1 Pound of chicken breast
½ Pound of thick cut bacon cooked, drained, and chopped
2 Tbsp of chopped garlic
1 Medium yellow onion chopped
½ Cup of carrots chopped
2 Medium Yukon potatoes peeled and chopped
½ Cup of chopped celery
2 Tbsp of fresh ground pepper
1 Tbsp of paprika
1 Tbsp of garlic powder
1 Cup of cheddar cheese shredded
1 Package prepared pie crust dough
2 Tbsp of butter
Parsley or thyme
In a large sauce pan add the chicken and stock.
Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through.
Pull chicken out and set to the side to cool.
Add the onion, celery, carrots and potatoes to the chicken stock.
Simmer until potatoes and carrots are fork tender.
Add the jar of RAGÚ Classic Alfredo.
Lower the heat to medium low.
Shred the chicken and add into the pot.
Pour in the pepper, paprika, garlic, and garlic powder.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Add ½ cup of the cheddar, butter, and the bacon to the pot and turn off heat.
Pour chicken mixture into individual oven safe bowls.
Top each bowl with a circle of pie crust, I used the top of the bowls to measure the dough.
Mix the egg with a tbsp of water and brush onto each crust.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Top with fresh herbs and enjoy!
Is your mouth watering yet? Just image tapping your spoon through this cheesy crust and revealing all that creamy chicken. This meal will definitely bring smiles to the dinner table! You can check out the BOGO deal here through the Publix Weekly Ads. Be sure to get RAGÚ Pasta Sauce. It can easily be found on the pasta sauce aisle at Publix.
Don’t forget to tag me if you recreate this recipe! I love seeing all your recreations!
I am not really sure how to classify this recipe. All I wanted to eat was some sesame drenched noodles and Patrick really wanted fried chicken. As long as I add a vegetable it counts as a balanced meal right? Now you need to picture a big bowl of soft udon noodles coated in a sweet sesame soy sauce topped with sauteed veggies and crispy chicken. Yes this is one of my dream meals.
The first time I have ever had udon noodles was at Whole Foods. They had this amazing cold udon salad. They have such an amazing texture and the ability to soak up any sauces. The soft noodles pair perfectly with the crispy chicken. Of course I doused my noodles with hot sauce, but how can you not!? Hot sauce is perfect with crispy chicken. I bought a mix from the grocery store of raw veggies that were exactly what these noodles needed. Chopped cabbage, mushrooms, snow peas, and carrots seasoned lightly with salt and pepper.
This dish definitely rivals some of my favorite take out places. If you don’t like your noodles as soft you can cook them until just before they are done. The heat from the sauce will do the rest. Play around with the textures. Use your favorite veggies. I used toasted sesame seeds on top of the chicken for just a tiny bit more crunch.
When you love to cook sometimes you get into a little bit of a routine. We have been eating a lot of the same dinners over and over because 1. we already know we love them and 2. they are quick and easy.
I was craving something with a lot of lime and spice. I ended up taking some fresh jalapenos, onion, garlic, and limes and roasting them down with my chicken breast. Pouring chicken broth over the chicken and veggies while roasting gave me a really rich flavorful sauce. After one bite I knew this had to be stuffed into a taco!
The only thing that made this roasted chicken even better was topping my taco with some baked fries covered in chili powder! We have an obsession with fries on our tacos and burritos. Go carb or go home? You can skip the side of rice and even the tortilla, but please don’t miss out on these crispy baked fries.
You know I love spicy. I was surprised by how mild these tacos were even after I mixed the fresh AND pickled jalapenos. So of course I added a little drizzle of Valentina sauce and a squirt of lime. Seriously, the best combination!
There is a sprinkle of fresh parsley over our tacos because we do not eat cilantro, but if you are a cilantro lover I would recommend a chop of fresh cilantro.